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West Rehoboth youth attend Vacation Bible School

West Side New Beginnings offers new summer program
By Taggart Houck | Jul 17, 2014
Photo by: Taggart Houck Taking a break from Vacation Bible School are Phillip Wharton, left, and Jasmine Finney at Westside New Beginnings Community Center in Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth Beach — In between the roars of lions in a reenactment of Daniel in the lions' den, kids in West Rehoboth are learning about faith.

The West Rehoboth Youth Program at the Westside New Beginnings Community Center is offering Vacation Bible School for the first time since the youth program began in 2002, co-founded by Brenda Milbourne and Diaz Bonville.

The program offers class one day per week over five weeks where kids can learn about faith, make crafts and enjoy some snacks.

The theme of the program is praise, using the Bible story of Daniel in the lion's den for one of the lessons, where excited and energized students reenacted Daniel being trapped in the den with the lions because he had praised God.

While most kids in the youth program and Vacation Bible School are from West Rehoboth, Bonville says anyone in the community was allowed to join the summer program.

“The most rewarding thing for me is to see these kids laugh and dance and have fun,” says Denise Snyder, an instructor at the center who recently retired from a 35-year teaching career.

Bonville, also a teacher, is the center's program director.

“These kids, they're just wonderful to be around,” he says. “I hear people say, 'Children are our future.' “No,” he says. “They're our present and our future.”

In addition to Snyder, Debbie O'Neal and her daughter-in-law Courtney O'Neal lead the Bible School program. Debbie is also a retired teacher, both she and Snyder retired together June 30.

Phillip Wharton answers a question during the session. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Students put on their acting caps and become lions during a reenactment of the Bible story of Daniel trapped in a den of lions. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Instructor Denise Snyder demonstrates how to make a craft during craft time. She instructs students to wrap tin foil around a plate and cut out a heart, symbolizing love. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
Vacation Bible School students work on their craft, cutting out hearts from the foil. (Photo by: Taggart Houck)
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